Come and visit 19 unique gardens in Southland. From small 1/4 acre gardens to many acres, from  the traditional garden to the way out funky spaces. All the gardens are unique. Come and be inspired

Some provide venues for weddings, accommodation, plant sales or have a café. The people gardening in these landscapes make the difference they look forward to sharing their passion, knowledge and unique skills, with you. Make a day of it and visit two or three or more.

 All gardens are open to visitors by appointment only, except for two special open weekends: one in spring and one in autumn. Most gardens have a fee to visit. Please treat the gardens with respect they are all privately owned, be aware that children need to be under control as many of the gardens have ponds and other hazards, please do not bring your pets with you and be aware that some people outhland


note no appointment required fees still apply


Southland Times garden feature writer Rosemarie Smith is welcoming visitors to her Gore garden on the Celebration of  Gardens Weekend 1-2 November to say thank you to the many gardeners who have generously shared their stories and gardens during the 12 years she has written for the Times.

This a chance to see what hides behind the historic laurel hedge with its archway entrance over the vintage gate.

It's not a show garden, but a very personal hideaway that has evolved from the garden her mother Jean Smith cultivated for nearly 50 years. That in turn was based on the original garden surrounding a villa home built here some time after 1913, legacies of which remain. 

Recent changes have brought food production into warmer the front yard and a patio has replaced the rockery, but large parts of the garden are still given over to woodland jungle, fueled by the extraordinary growing power of this former river terrace. There is no lawn.


A Sunday tour to Gore could include Southland Rhododendron Society's Rhododendron Festival in The Gardens, and visits to other open gardens near Gore

If you have any general questions contact Lynne Huggins: or phone 027 668 1009